A sprawling city of millions and the capital of one of the world’s most populous countries, Beijing offers an escape into luxury: these 16 hotels are the best of the best, Experts’ Choice hotels, and many are worthy destinations in and of themselves.
Opposite House needs no signage, but is instead announced by its signature green glazing. Its modern, minimalist interiors suggest a vision of China as cutting edge and future-focused. Aman Summer Palace takes luxury in another direction—China's rich imperial past—with its Ming-inspired décor. The hotel opens up onto the Summer Palace, TripExpert's number one attraction in Beijing. Guests can even get access to the palace before regular visitors.
Check out these properties and the others on this list, many outposts of familiar international luxury hotel brands.
Building 1, No.11 Sanlitun Road
This trendy Swire-owned boutique hotel is top-drawer chic... the location is great for shopping, restaurants and drinking.
No.1 Gongmenqian Street, Yiheyuan, Haidian District
Tranquil resort hotel adjacent to the East Gate of the historic Summer Palace.
No.1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District
Two blocks north of Guo Mao, this trendier version of China World is also under Shangri-La management
33 East Chang An Avenue, Dongcheng District
This rejuvenated property is close to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Silk Market and other famous sights
No.8 Goldfish Lane, Wangfujing
White-tile exterior looks dated these days, but the unflinchingly high standards remain.
1 East Chang'an Avenue, Dongcheng District
Within easy walking distance of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, this 18-story glass tower offers top-notch amenities and a prime location.
No.2 Jianguomenwai Main Street, Chaoyang District
The luxury arm of the Hyatt group opened this hotel in 2008 and immediately won praise for its grown-up ambience and stylish bar and restaurant, which has superb views over the city.
No.99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District
This glass-fronted "first-class high-rise" on Jinbao Street is a quick subway ride from Tiananmen Square. Interiors meld classic and contemporary styles.
No.5-15 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District
Though Beijing is several time zones from New York, there exists a tantalizing link between the Big Apple’s Fifth Avenue grand dame and Waldorf Astoria Beijing, her younger Chinese sibling.
1 Jin Cheng Fang Street East, Financial Street, Xicheng District
White glove service makes this a haven for expense account road warriors and neighbourhood sub-primers alike.
Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang District
With a deep understanding of both Chinese culture and modern luxury, Rosewood Beijing blends the two seamlessly into a sophisticated yet comfortable hotel in Beijing’s central business district.
No.48 Liangmaqiao Road
When it comes to hospitality it's fair to say that the Four Seasons has become synonymous with service of a level that still somehow manages to exceed expectations.
No.83A Jianguo Road, China Central Place, Chaoyang District
Unlike the other, more modern Ritz-Carlton in Beijing, this Ritz in the Chaoyang district represents the Old World charm that's often associated with the luxury hotel brand.
No.1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District
The gorgeous five-star China World Hotel delivers an outstanding level of service to its well-dressed, largely executive travellers.
No.8 Wangfujing East Street, Dongcheng District
This sleek Hilton is tucked onto a side street near shopping street Wangfujing. The rooms feature modern design, with flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and rain showers.
No.8 Yong'an Dongli, Jianguo Menwai Main Street, Chaoyang District
The Fairmont succeeds in successfully juggling the requirements of both business and leisure guests in some style.